Sydney Teenagers Activities: Keep Your Teens Busy + Off Their Screens

Hello Sydney parents of teenagers, are you looking for things to do that get your kids out and about and off their screens?

Here’s a list of fun stuff for teenagers to do in Sydney, divided into outdoor and indoor pursuits.  You might even enjoy doing some of these things with your teens… if they allow you.

Outdoor Activities: Sydney With Teenagers

Get those teenagers outdoors and run them into the ground!

Sydney had many, many terrific and healthy outdoors activities for teenagers, here’s a list of my teens’ recommendations.

Snorkel at the ocean or harbour beaches

Ah, there are so many great spots to snorkel.  This is one of those things to do with teenagers in Sydney that younger brothers and sisters can enjoy too. In fact snorkelling is a great activity for the entire family.

Bring or buy mask, fins and snorkels and check out these top spots to snorkel.

Shelly Beach, Manly

Little Manly Cove, Manly

Clovelly Beach and Pool, Eastern Suburbs

Gordon’s Bay, Eastern Suburbs

Parsley Bay, Eastern Suburbs

Sydney’s Best Walks

If your teenagers enjoy walking, these are the de rigeur Sydney walks to try:

Across the Harbour Bridge 1km each way (written for people with little kids, but all the info you need is there)

Bondi to Coogee 6km return (marvellous views and so many cool cafes)

Manly Scenic Walk 10km one way (brilliant, fab views and cafes at each end, little beaches to explore too.)


Kayaking + Stand Up Paddle Board

Kayak or enjoy SUP in the Harbour from Manly or from The Spit Bridge, more info on these websites.

Manly Kayak Centre (kayak over for a picnic at Store Beach)

Sydney Harbour Kayaks at Spit Bridge


Beaches, Baths and Ocean Swimming

Ah, so many great places to choose from…. we love the rock pools and beaches of the Northern Beaches, Bondi and its famous Icebergs pool, Manly and all its little secret beaches nearby.

Read through our fave beaches here.

If you are a good swimmer and are keen to do some ocean swimming in a group, read all about The Bold and The Beautiful Swim Squad, Manly.


Tree Tops Adventure Parks

There are several terrific tree climbing experiences to be enjoyed in Sydney, read about two places here.

Tree Top Adventure Park, Western Sydney

Tree Top Adventure Park, The Hills Cumberland State Forest

Cables Wake Park

Read all about this wake boarding park in Western Sydney here. The post is aimed at people with kids but you’ll get the picture and the info you need.

Raging Waters Water Slides

Sydney’s largest water park is far out to the west and makes a great day trip.  This is a big treat for local kids, and one of our own family’s favourite things to do with teens in Sydney.

We also adore the water slides at Manly, there are just three slides but they’re fun for a couple of hours of sliding and a great fun active things to do when visiting Manly.

Learn to Scuba Dive

Teenagers aged 12+ can learn to scuba dive in Sydney.  There are Discover Scuba half day lessons plus PADI Open Water courses over two days.

This is one of the more adventurous things to do in Sydney with a teenager, ideally suited to teens who can swim well and perhaps have had some snorkelling experience.

At Manly I can recommend Dive Centre Manly, my son has dived with them.

At Bondi there is Dive Centre Bondi.

Other well known companies are Pro Dive and Expedition Dive.

Sydney has some excellent scuba diving, I’ve seen seahorses and a million different fish and rays.

Indoor Teen Activities Sydney

It might be raining or it might be boiling hot.  If you are looking for indoors things to do in Sydney with teenagers, here is a list of the best places we know and love.

Escape Hunt Australia

There are escape rooms in the centre of Sydney. I can’t stand them myself but teens seem to love the challenge!

Sydney Escape Hunt website here.


The old railway yards in Redfern are now a multi-arts space with a bar and cafe.

Carriageworks website here


Skyzone is a rather amazing indoor trampoline park in Alexandria. There’s a splendid climbing area too.

Read a kids-eye view of Skyzone and see photos on our post here.

Skyzone website is here.


iFly is an indoor skydiving centre in Western Sydney. We’ve posted a childs-eye view of iFly here.

Check out the iFly Downunder website here.


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